Funding boost powers up electric vehicle ownership across Buckinghamshire

Buckinghamshire Council have been awarded £105k grant funding from the Government’s On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme. The Scheme provides funding for the installation of electric vehicle (EV) charging points in car parks in residential areas where off-street parking is not available. The funding will be used to install 32 new electric vehicle charging points over the next few months.

2020 saw a commitment from Buckinghamshire Council to achieve net carbon zero for Buckinghamshire as a whole by 2050. This welcome funding boost will contribute to achieving that target as we support people to make the change to more sustainable modes of travel and reduce carbon emissions.

We know that electric vehicle ownership across Buckinghamshire is growing steadily and, in addition to growth in private electric vehicle ownership, an increasing number of employers are changing their company cars and vans to electric.  As ownership increases so will the need for more local, convenient and safe EV charging points sites.

Councillor David Martin, Cabinet Member Logistics said “We are really pleased with this settlement and that the On-Street Residential Chargepoint Scheme will continue in 2021/22 and we intend to submit another bid in the new financial year”.

Councillor Nick Naylor, Cabinet Member Transport said “We know that more of our residents want to swap their petrol and diesel cars for an electric one but they need convenient and accessible access to charging points. Installing these charging points in car parks close to people’s homes will enable residents who cannot charge at home to make the choice to own an electric car.”